Erectile dysfunction and impotence are the plague of many a man's penis, and with so many 'wonder drugs' flooding the market we've come up with this handy guide to help you decide which ones are best for you.
Erectile dysfunction and impotence can strike men of all ages and lifestyles. Back in the 1980s, treatments for penile disorders were few and far between, but with the advancement of one particular pill in the 1990s, all that has changed.
Viagra has been hailed by millions are the original Little Blue Pill. Said to work wonders for men who have gone most of their life without experiencing a full and satisfying erection, or for those who find it hard to maintain erections for longer than a nanosecond, Viagra has been flying off the shelves for nearly a decade.
But how much do we really know about this original Little Blue Pill and what are its alternatives? Like most drugs, there are natural alternatives found in nature to the chemicals used to create Viagra, but most people are unaware of these other choices and continue to seek out Viagra.
With women now popularising the drug even further (it's said to make women more tenacious due to its Testosterone boosting qualities, even though it's not recommended for women), it's important to look at alternatives that could be just as effective without the health implications or growing price tag of Viagra.
What is Viagra?
Viagra (also known as Slidenafil) belongs to a group of drugs that delay enzymes called Phosphodiesterase from working too quickly. These enzymes are produced when your penis becomes erect, and by stopping these enzymes from working too quickly Viagra helps you to maintain your erection for longer.
It is worth pointing out that Viagra has been designed for use on men who have actual ED (Erectile Dysfunction) problems, rather than acting as a mood booster for someone who doesn't feel horny, so those with genuine penile disorders will see the biggest results.
Men of all ages are buying into Viagra to gain 'super-strength' erections and to last longer in the bedroom, but there are health implications attached to the drug that may mean it's not suitable for all of you.
Viagra comes in the form of tablets (little blue pills, as it happens), with a dosage range of 25mg, 50mg and 100mg and can be take once daily, anywhere between 30 minutes to four hours before sex. If you are considering buying Viagra, you should speak to your GP first.
Side Effects of Viagra
The side effects of using Viagra range from flushes, headaches, nasal congestion and temporary stomach/bowel disorders, to less common effects such as blurred vision, dizziness, diarrhoea and pain when urinating.
Viagra should also be avoided if you have certain medical conditions that the drug could interfere with, such as HIV/AIDS, heart disease, high or low blood pressure, abnormal penis curvature or defects, kidney or liver problems and a history of blood disease.
Some men have also reported having erections that last up to four hours or even longer, which can be quite painful after a while! Although Viagra works for millions of men to strengthen their erections and prolong their sexual activity, you should consult your GP before taking the drug and stop if you experience any side effects.
There are many alternatives to Viagra, and here's our pick of the best.
Natural Alternatives to Viagra
Also known as Kwang's Solution, China Brush is a rich blend of Chinese herbs and Korean Ginseng combined to create a potent premature ejaculation remedy. If you're coming too quickly and want to give your partner a chance of climaxing at the same time as you, China Brush could be your saving grace. When applied it could postpone ejaculation for up to 15-30 minutes. Check out China Brush Delay Solution (£8.99) and see how much longer you can go for.
Chemical Alternatives to Viagra
Viagra may be the original Little Blue Pill, but these wonderous tablets will make you just as stiff and insatiable. The VigRX Penis Enhancement Pill 3 Pack (£119.99) also boasts a potent, all-natural male power pill to give you a solid, longer-lasting erection, not to mention stronger orgasms and even a temporarily bigger penis.
A newcomer to our apothecary is the Vishagra Little Blue Sexual Performance Pill (£3.99). Designed to be taken two pills at a time, Vishagra can be taken as a one-off treatment but is more effective when taken as a course. When Vishagra is taken as a course it helps to curb impotence issues and continues to work toward stengthening your penis and the duration of your erections. Vishagra outsold all of our other erection-enhancing pills in 2010 making it our customers' most popular Viagra alternative.
A bonafide new treatment for ED sufferers, Cialis works by helping the blood vessels in your penis to relax, allowing blood to flow into the penis to cause and maintain an erection during sexual stimulation. Cialis works in much the same way as Viagra, although it has be shown that men who take Cialis can respond to sexual stimulation for up to 24 hours after taking the pill. The maximum dose is one tablet per day, which should be taken one hour before you get down n' dirty, and you should see results within 30 minutes of taking the almond-shaped pill.
Levitra is similar to Cialis in that it enables the blood vessels in your penis to relax, allowing blood to flow through to cause and maintain an erection. Levitra is available in three different dose strengths, 5mg, 10mg and 20mg, and should be swallowed between 25-60 minutes before sexual activity, although some of you may experience erections after a mere 15 minutes if stimulated by your partner.
As with Viagra, both Cialis and Levitra are prone to side effects, such as headaches, flushing, nasal congestion and running, and temporary stomach and bowel disorders. Make sure you seek the advice of your GP before taking Viagra, Cialis or Levitra, and stop immediately if you experience any unusual side effects.
Need more help?
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